Friday, August 10, 2007

Vampira (VIDEO)

Excerpt from the opening sequence of The Vampira Show (1954), edit taken from the only known footage to still exist. For more info on Vampira visit her official website at


Anonymous said...



Karswell said...

If there's one person on the planet who remains the living female embodiment of "pre-code horror" then Vampira takes first place. She's the true Queen of All Horror Hostesses.

And here's an odd coincidence: The Vampira Show lasted exactly one year on TV, from April 1954 to April 1955, and was eventually kicked off the air around the same exact time that horror comics were getting crucified by Fredric Wertham and his idiotic band of senate subcommitee witch hunters. Is there a connection?

Anonymous said...

Ahhh,first woman i ever really loved,even with that waist of hers,she was still better looking than most "normal" people,and most people are surprised to hear that she based her look on Morticia rather than the other way around,i am surprised she never got to host a comic book(while Boris Karloff did for years,it was because DELL and GOLD-KEY never subscribed to the code because of their "clean" titles)but it would probably have been short lived,unfortunately,just like VAULT OF HORRORS Drusilla.

Karswell said...

Charles Addams earliest New Yorker strips featuring the "Morticia" character were published as far back as 1939, The Vampira Show didn't air until 1954 so it's obvious that Maila was inspired by Morticia and not the other way around. She's even told me this many times herself.

Anonymous said...

This clip just took my breath away! Are you also hinting that there's more footage from this than just the youtube excerpt?

Karswell said...

The entire surviving footage is actually about 4 minutes long. What you see here is just the minute long opening sequence, there's also a bit of her sitting on her love seat smoking a cig and talking about that night's movie, electric chairs etc... it's short but amazingly well written and acted. To finally witness Maila in full-on Vampira mode and talking and doing what she was REALLY famous for (not just silently stumbling around in Plan 9) I can honestly say that having see it I can die happy now.

Anonymous said..., The Only Vampira Site on the Web is seeking any Vampira or Maila Nurmi memorabilia that you wonderful fiends may have. In an attempt to expand the "Vampira Archive", we are begging all of Vampira's fans to look through their coffins and send us small .jpg sample images of their 8x10 photos, signed photos or Vampira's artwok. If you have a photo we're missing, we're willing to offer a Vampira Show DVD for a high resolution scan of your photos on disc (or cash of $10 if you don't want the DVD). We're also seeking any audio or video interviews that you may have recorded with Maila. Please do not send photos that have been found on the internet or scanned from magazines. We're only looking for high rez scans of actual photo prints in your collections. We have hundreds, but there's still many missing and we're begging for your help!

If you think you can help, please send your very small sample images to vampirasattic @ and type "Vampira Photos" in the subject line and we'll let you know if you have a rare image we need!

Thank you in advance,

And that you Karswell for the photos you've sent us!